Abdur-Rahim had 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter Monday
night, helping the Atlanta Hawks hold off the struggling Los
Angeles Clippers 95-86.
"I was just trying to make plays," Abdur-Rahim said. "I don't
have to score the ball every time. I was just trying to get the
defense to come to me, and then if they came, get the ball to the
"We were telling him before the game, they've got a lot of
rookies, you've got to show them who's boss," Atlanta point guard
Jason Terry said.
The Hawks have won three of their last four.
The Clippers are going the other way, losing nine of 10. Corey
Maggette scored 14 of their 18 points in the first quarter, but
cooled off after spraining an ankle and finished with 19. Ely added
13 off the bench, one short of his career high.
"We just kind of got away from some stuff," Maggette said.
"I'm very disappointed. We were capable of winning that game."
Atlanta led by 11 after three quarters, but Los Angeles scored
the first four points of the period to cut it to seven. Going to
Abdur-Rahim nearly every time downcourt, the Hawks eventually
pushed the lead to 13.
"We did a lot of good things," Atlanta coach Terry Stotts
said. "I thought we moved the ball, played unselfishly."
But the Clippers weren't done. They closed within four behind
Ely, who's been playing more since coach Dennis Johnson took over
when Alvin Gentry was fired. He had his way inside, even with
Ratliff guarding him, and got his final points on a thunderous dunk
off a missed 3-pointer from Andre Miller with 1:49 left.
"Coach has a lot of confidence in me in the fourth quarter,"
Abdur-Rahim was too much, though. With the lead at four, he made
three free throws and hit a hook from the lane to boost the margin
back to nine, then helped set up a 3-pointer by Terry to give
Atlanta a 91-81 lead with 3:04 left.
"Those young guys they have are very talented, but they're
still learning," Abdur-Rahim said. "I've got a little experience
Maggette scored from in close on the next possession, but the
Clippers missed five of their last six shots.
"I felt like we were in control most of the game," Abdur-Rahim
said. "We did have a lapse or two there in the fourth quarter, but
we got it straightened out."
Ratliff and Robinson had 13 apiece for the Hawks, and Terry
After allowing more than 100 points five straight games,
the Clippers haven't given up that many in four in a row. ... Los
Angeles G Quentin Richardson missed the game with strained left
knee. ... The Hawks have won eight straight against the Clippers in